Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Legal Immigrant Speaks on SB1070

Gabriella is a friend of mine. She spoke Tuesday at the Tucson City Council. One of the council members, Regina Romero is wanting the city to look into suing the state over the immigration bill, SB1070. Here’s what Gabriella had to say:



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Smart Girl Politics Border Clean-up

This past Saturday I spent an amazing day in Bisbee, near Naco, Arizona. Smart Girl Politics sponsored a border clean-up in remembrance of Rancher Robert Krentz who was killed most likely by an illegal entrant into our country.

Our group ended up exploring a trail known as an alien “Super Highway” and we found all kinds of things on the trail as well as some surprises at the Border Fence itself.


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Arizona Congressman calls for boycott of…. Arizona!

Well, Raul Grijalva does lead the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives (is that who you really want representing you District 7?). Last night on The Ed Show on MSNBC, Raul Grijalva called for a nationwide boycott of Arizona because the Governor is about ready to sign Arizona Senate Bill 1070. Unemployment is 9.6% in the state right now. Tourism brings BILLIONS of dollars into the state. Is he serious? Apparently so.

Meanwhile, State Senator Frank Antenori appeared on MSNBC this morning and explained what is actually in the bill.

I say boycott Grijalva and support Ruth McClung for Congress.


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Why I Hate the Proposed 1% Sales Tax in Arizona

And why you should too.

I have a friend who is a teacher in Tucson.   Recently on Facebook she asked for folks to support the proposed 1% sales tax to save her job.   She might be right.  If the sales tax goes through her job may be saved for awhile, but at what cost?  Most likely at the expense of thousands of other jobs in the state.

What really upsets me about this starts at the national level.  This is how misplaced priorities in Washington, D.C. trickle down to the state level and into our personal lives.  The Obama Administration has been determined to grow government instead of creating jobs.  He gives himself a B+.  If his aim is to vastly increase debt and the size of government, I’d say he’s about right so far, although passing the government takeover of health care might bump that up to an A-.

The so-called stimulus bill didn’t stimulate anything except for the growth of government.  That means at a time when tax revenues are low because so many people are out of work the government grew itself which demands even more revenue.  Since revenue is down we have to raise taxes and go deeper into debt.  This Administration is shattering records for debt creation all the while blaming the Bush Administration.  Shameless, wrong and dangerous.

The proven method of stimulating job growth and tax revenue is cutting tax rates for individuals and corporations.  It’s how Reagan got us out of the mess Carter created and it’s how George W. Bush saved the country from an economic disaster after the 911 attacks.

Instead, we have an administration that is very dangerously growing government and creating a HUGE debt load.  It is a huge drag on an economy that should already be pulling out of this deep recession.  Instead we have near 10% unemployment for the foreseeable future.

So, that brings me back to the proposed 1% sales tax in Arizona.  Instead of a better national economy that would spur the local economy, we have a high jobless rate and the State of Arizona is broke.  Now the debate is about;  do we agree to a 20% sales tax increase to save some teachers jobs? or do we reject higher taxes, save private sector jobs and watch teachers get layed off?  What a lousy choice.

I’m against the tax increase because a new tax increase will bog down the local economy even more than it is which will delay any hope we have of pulling out of this recession.  I know that “they” promise it’ll be “temporary,” but I know better than that.

I love my teacher friends.  You watch how this debate is going to be framed.  “It’s about the children.  If you are against the tax you hate children.”  They are going to pull on emotional strings to get folks to vote to increase their own taxes.  Because Obama has taken fiscally wise solutions off the table we are reduced to emotionally charged debates over the best ways to tax ourselves into deeper trouble.

If the self imposed sales tax increase is self imposed the problem ultimately isn’t solved.  We’ll just have to go back to well again and again.  More debt, more taxes, more jobs lost… a downward spiral.

We MUST have fiscal conservatives back in charge at the state level and at the federal level.  This debt is unsustainable and if we don’t apply proven solutions to the problem and fast, a 1% sales tax will be the least of our problems.